Massa tops second Indian GP practice

Felipe Massa put Ferrari on top as the teams continued to get to grips with India's Buddh International circuit in the second free practice session

While the Ferrari's new front wing continued to prompt distinctive showers of sparks as it vibrated again the track surface, the revised car showed promising pace, with Massa lapping the dusty track in 1m25.706s 18 minutes before the end of the session to claim the top spot.

His team-mate Fernando Alonso also showed well in third, 0.224 seconds off Massa's pace.

They were split by champion Sebastian Vettel, whose Red Bull had been quickest for the majority of the afternoon, until Massa's fast time saw the German pipped by 0.088s.

Morning pacesetter Lewis Hamilton, who will go into qualifying for a three-place grid penalty for disregarding yellow flags earlier today, was fourth quickest in the best of the McLarens, with his team-mate Jenson Button sixth behind Mark Webber's Red Bull.

Force India took 'best of the rest' honours in front of its effective home crowd thanks to Adrian Sutil's seventh place, two positions ahead of team-mate Paul di Resta, as they sandwiched Bruno Senna's Renault. SebastienBuemi completed the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

The Mercedes were further back than usual in 19th (NicoRosberg) and 21st (Michael Schumacher) - the seven-time champion having missed some of the session while an issue was resolved on his car.

There were plenty of small incidents as the drivers explored the track's limits, particularly at Turn 6, and one red flag after Jerome D'Ambrosio went off at Turn 11 and ended up backed his Virgin into the barriers, causing significant damage. He was unhurt and the session quickly resumed.

Petrov also had a spin in his Renault, while Pastor Maldonado dumped his Williams in the Turn 9 gravel early on but was retrieved in time to rejoin the session and complete 24 laps.

 

Position

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1m25.706s

33

2

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

1m25.794s  + 0.088

34

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1m25.930s  + 0.224

34

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1m26.454s  + 0.748

26

5

Mark Webber

Red Bull-Renault

1m26.500s  + 0.794

30

6

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1m26.714s  + 1.008

28

7

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1m27.316s  + 1.610

34

8

Bruno Senna

Renault

1m27.498s  + 1.792

36

9

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

1m27.853s  + 2.147

35

10

Sebastien Buemi

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

1m27.868s  + 2.162

35

11

VitalyPetrov

Renault

1m27.890s  + 2.184

37

12

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

1m28.050s  + 2.344

34

13

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

1m28.289s  + 2.583

36

14

Jaime Alguersuari

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

1m28.552s  + 2.846

31

15

Rubens Barrichello

Williams-Cosworth

1m28.691s  + 2.985

29

16

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Cosworth

1m28.708s  + 3.002

24

17

JarnoTrulli

Lotus-Renault

1m29.332s  + 3.626

39

18

Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus-Renault

1m30.241s  + 4.535

41

19

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1m31.098s  + 5.392

38

20

Timo Glock

Virgin-Cosworth

1m31.469s  + 5.763

32

21

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

1m31.804s  + 6.098

28

22

Jerome D'Ambrosio

Virgin-Cosworth

1m31.469s  + 5.763

32

23

Daniel Ricciardo

HRT-Cosworth

1m32.768s  + 7.062

33

24

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

1m32.824s  + 7.118

33

Story source: Autosport.com

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